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Wulf

Saturday 25th June 2011

I have just had a week off, and this is my first blog since coming back from Patchings. There have been one or two developments; the Centre is now photo genetically at its best; most of the owlets are now out of the nest boxes on full display. The Great Grey Owls have two owlets, and the parents are very protective; they seem to like using my head for target practice. This can be very unnerving, as they are silent fliers. This one good reason to wear a leather hat!

The African Spotted Eagle Owls have two owlets which usually sit in the sand, but which at present have that cuddly ‘aah’ factor, always a winner with children of all ages.

The most successful breeders so far have been the Burrowing Owls. We were pleased to announce that they had bred 5 owlets this year. Each morning during this week I have counted 7 owls in their aviary, only for David the Collection Manager to come up to the Keeper’s bothy yesterday saying he had miscounted the Burrowing Owls, as he had counted 8 on that morning. Lo and behold, I counted 8 today.

It’s not all been good news however, we have lost our one and only Northern Hawk Owlet bred this year died of a head injury. All new life is a gamble; tomorrow is promised to no one.

I will leave you with a few pictures of some of our owlets bred in 2011.

See you next week.

Wulf
Head Keeper

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Great Grey Owlet
Great Grey Owlet Picture courtesy Tristan Williams
Tengmalm's Owls with their youngster, a first time of breeding for the World Owl Trust
Tengmalm's Owls with their youngster, a first time of breeding for the World Owl Trust Picture courtesy Tristan Williams
African Spotted Eagle Owlet peeking round the edge of the nestbox
African Spotted Eagle Owlet peeking round the edge of the nestbox Picture courtesy Tristan Williams
This year's Chaco Owlets
This year's Chaco Owlets Picture courtesy Vicky Lane
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